Trigger Warning: This birth story involves positive birth of twins after 4th degree tear from a prior traumatic birth, and postnatal depression. If you are triggered by these topics you may wish to skip this blog or read it once you have support available. If you are seeking support for your birth trauma, you may wish to contact our Peer Support Service.
After a traumatic birth during the height of Melbourne’s covid lockdown, I struggled to breastfeed for reasons I was not expecting. Leading up to the birth, I armed myself with education, names of local lactation consultants, and joined breastfeeding support groups.